My DYLEP Experience

By Kamal K., DYLEP 2016 Participant

DYLEP is a virtual exchange program to promote mutual understanding between Iraqi and American participants, and I am here to share my experiences.

I don’t know from where to start. When I was accepted into this program, I was very happy but when I read that the program will take four months I thought: four months that I will have to be online and complete assignments? How is that possible? I even thought that I won’t be able to see my friends anymore. However, when the program started, it turned out that I was wrong.

DYLEP was such a great experience. I learned so many things. Now, when someone asks me, “What are you proud of?” my answer is, “I am proud to be a DYLEP alumnus.”

In DYLEP we played games, we shared photos of ourselves, and we attended webinars all together. In addition to the knowledge that I gained, I gained a lovely new family, a family full of energy, enthusiasm, and ideas.

The participants that I met are awesome, and I did not know that Iraq had such an optimistic group of young people who all want to serve their communities. Especially the American participants – without them, the program would be meaningless.

I am really thankful to have this great experience and opportunity in my life. And for those who are reading this now, I just want to say, if you are interested in DYLEP, you should apply next year! Believe me, you will have an amazing experience.

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